‘Squid Game Star Jung Hoyeon Becomes First Korean Featured On Time100 Next List

This week, South Korean star Jung Ho Yin made history by becoming the first Korean to appear on the Next Time100 list.

On Wednesday, Time published a list of 100 people from various fields who it believes could shape the future, and Jung, 28, is one of those included in the list of phenomena.

Jung rose to fame after starring in the Netflix series The Squid Game, his first acting role. The show's Emmy-winning director, Hwang Dong Hyuk, recalls the first time he saw Jung auditioning for the role of Kang Sae Byuk.

Huang told Time that he spent "three grueling months " looking for the right actor for the role . He ended up watching Jung's audition tape, but "didn't have high hopes" at the time as Jungs had no acting experience.

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About 10 seconds into the recording, Huang suddenly looked up from his chair and said he was "hypnotized by what was on the screen."

Her performance in the video is very unusual and strong compared to other experienced actresses. However, I saw that Hoyeon showed no sign of shame," Hwang said. "He doesn't want to hide the fact that he has no acting experience. He seems to understand and accept his weaknesses and is determined to overcome them.

September 17, 2021 The Squid Game on Netflix becomes the most-watched debut series on the streaming platform of all time . In early September , the series also received 14 Primetime Emmy Award nominations .

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Months after the show's success, Jung , who plays Song Ji Hoon's character , and his co-star Lee Jung-ja received several awards, including February 's SAG Award for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance.

" I think Hoyoung is still fighting every day – against the envy of fame, her hopes and her success and her desires," Huang said.

I jokingly called him "Warrior". There is no doubt that he has the skills and courage to fight many battles. And I hope that his acting career will not be a battlefield, but a real vacation spot.

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